The Brown Thrashers 2020 Raptorthon
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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Raptorthon is our spring tradition! For the past ten years, My husband Phil and I and our two children have been conducting Raptorthons around our state of NH, along the Connecticut River in VT , down in Cape Cod, MA and along a road trip to MD. It’s a great way to celebrate spring migration and raise money for something that is very important to us – raptor migration and conservation.
Well this year, we return to one of our favorite places – Cape Cod, MA – for our Raptorthon adventure! Spring is the perfect time to head to the Cape. Migration should be in full swing for raptors, many species of songbirds, and water birds of all types. And we will count them all!
Our plan is to drive to the Cape the night before so we can have a full day of birding our favorite places of the Cape Cod National Seashore. That means we’ll be hitting Race Point in Provincetown for seabirds, the Beech Forest for hand-perching chickadees and migrant warblers, and the cliffs in Truro for seabirds (along with likely Northern Right Whale and Gray Seal sightings). We’ll also be sure to visit the Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch in Truro where we may catch some raptor migration (where Northern Harriers breed), and Fort Hill in Eastham at dusk for a possible owl.
An exciting addition to this year’s Raptorthon will be BIKES! Gone are the days of Raptorthoning with baby backpacks and strollers. Our 5 and 7 year olds will be biking by our side on trails through the National Seashore. Fingers crossed for good weather, cooperative children and ample snacks as we strive to reach our goal of seeing/hearing as many bird species and raptors as we can find.
Please support the Brown Thrashers with a Raptorthon donation. All funds support raptor conservation programs at HMANA like our citizen science database, HawkCount.org, our Junior Hawkwatcher Program and our Hawk Watch Fund (annual grants for watch sites).